Virtual Volunteer Training Activity Handbook

Task 1 – Thinking about safeguarding and the code of conduct 

Scenarios: 

1. Your Young Pirate says something has made them feel sad 

2. A Young Pirate has commented on your Instagram post and started following you 

3. You can hear some shouting in the background and you think it is coming from your Young Pirate’s home 

4. Your Young Pirate has their camera off, is muted and has stopped responding to your questions. 

5. You can see your Young Pirate’s sibling in the background and they are inappropriately dressed 

6. You think your Young Pirate is accessing the session from their bathroom 

7. Your Young Pirate tells you they are being bullied because of their heritage 

Which of these tips might apply? 

A. Let a member of staff know as soon as possible 

B. Report the facts exactly as they happened. You can say how it made you feel but it’s not your job to come to any conclusions 

C. Ask open questions if they are happy to share  

D. Consider your privacy settings and how easy it is to find you online 

E. Use the chat function to ask your Young Pirate if they can hear you and if they have an issue with their device 

F. Tell the Young Pirate that you’re going to leave the call and if there’s another Young Pirate in the group ask them to leave the call too. 

Task 2 – Barriers


Task 3 – Reading Roleplay

If your name comes first in the alphabet, you will play the Young Pirate, if it is second you are playing the Crewmate. If there is a third person in your group, they will play the Observer role. 

Top Secret Roles for Young Pirates 
You are reluctant to read. 
You read clearly but without fully understanding what the text says. 
You get stuck on longer words. 
You are reluctant to read.  
You read clearly but without fully understanding what the text says.  
You get stuck on longer words.  
You sometimes skip words when reading.

Your text for the Reading Roleplay is an extract from Charlotte’s Web


Task 4 – A Young Pirate’s splurge

Task 1: Find 3 things your Young Pirate needs to work on and how you would approach these together.  

Task 2: Find 3 really great things about this writing and how you would celebrate these together.


Task 5 – Thinking about reading and writing 

Scenarios: 

1. Your Young Pirate says they can’t see the whiteboard on the screen 

2. Your Young Pirate says they can’t read that book because their parents wouldn’t approve 

3. Your Young Pirate is finding the book really difficult 

4. Your Young Pirate is really tired and reading or writing is starting to feel long 

5. Your Young Pirate doesn’t know what to write next 

6. Your Young Pirate’s work is full of mistakes but they’re very happy with it 

7. Your Young Pirate’s work is very confusing 

8. Your Young Pirate has more ideas than they will ever fit in 

9. Your Young Pirate has written something that doesn’t appear to be anything to do with the project 

Which of these tips might apply? 

A. Let a member of staff know as soon as possible 

B. Stop to have a conversation – whether it’s about what you’ve been reading or your own experience as a reader or writer, or what the Young Pirate wrote in the previous week 

C. Set some goals and take some mini breaks 

D. Break it up into small chunks and take more of the reading on yourself 

E. Tell your Young Pirate: “You might know people who don’t agree with certain things but everybody is welcome at the Literacy Pirates and we think it’s good to have books about all kinds of people so everyone knows they are important” 

F. Stop, reflect and read back over  

Look back at work from previous weeks 

H. Find some things to celebrate 

I. Ask lots of questions 


Task 6 – Barriers


Thank you for attending training!

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